Parente retakes control Alvaro Parente's (Victory Engineering) second win of the season took him back to the top of the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 standings. The Portuguese driver finished ahead of Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) and Mikhail...
Parente retakes control
Alvaro Parente's (Victory Engineering) second win of the season took him back to the top of the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 standings. The Portuguese driver finished ahead of Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) and Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport) in today's race.
The race start was delayed after a clash on the formation lap between the two cars on the last row of the grid, Carlos Iaconelli (Comtec Racing) and Marcos Martinez (Eurointernational). The race was thus shortened to 16 laps.
Mikhail Aleshin mistimed his start, allowing Alvaro Parente, Alx Danielsson and Borja Garcia to get past him as they went into the first corner. The first corner was particularly chaotic, with Andy Soucek and Eric Salignon, the two Interwetten.com drivers, ending up in a spin. Salignon lost his rear wing in the process, leaving his hopes of a good result equally in tatters. He offered himself some consolation by successfully hunting down the extra point for the fastest race lap. Steven Kane's (Epsilon Euskadi) race prospects were also dashed at this stage.
Alvaro Parente completed the first lap in the lead, ahead of Borja Garcia, Mikhail Aleshin, Milos Pavlovic, Alx Danielsson, Pastor Maldonado, Sean McIntosh, Davide Valsecchi, Ben Hanley and Ryo Fukuda.
James Rossiter (Pons Racing), at that point lapping in 11th, ran wide and into the gravel pit whilst attempting to pass Ryo Fukuda at the end of lap 3. The Japanese driver dropped back to 21st position, enabling his team-mate Marco Bonanomi to move into the top 10.
The safety car was brought out after four laps to allow the marshals to clear away Rossiter and Barba's race cars, both drivers having been hit by mechanical failure on the circuit. Parente perfectly controlled proceedings at the restart, at which point there were nine more laps to complete.
The Portuguese driver easily put clear water between himself and the chasing pack, in which Marco Bonanomi moved past Ben Hanley.
Pastor Maldonado, clearly struggling for pace, managed to hold on to 6th spot in the closing laps, with Sean McIntosh, Davide Valsecchi, Marco Bonanomi, Ben Hanley and Christian Montanari all bunched up behind him. A little further back, Celso Miguez came under pressure from Andy Soucek, who had made an impressive comeback after his first-lap incident.
Alvaro Parente: "I had an excellent start, which meant I led going into the first corner. After that, the car was extremely quick and I was able to control the race from the front."
Borja Garcia: "Like Alvaro, I had an excellent start. But after the safety car period, I had a lot of understeer and I preferred to make sure of finishing second, which gives me important points for the championship."
Mikhail Aleshin: "Apart from my start, it wasn't such a bad race, really. I was lapping quickly and this podium finish earns me precious points for the championship."